Babar Azam was the only saving grace for Pakistan on Day 2 of the Adelaide Test as the Pakistani batter fought back and remained unbeaten on 43 with all the top and middle-order batters departing cheaply in quick succession. Australian bowling attack led by Mitchell Starc left Pakistan hanging by a thin thread as the visitors ended the day at 96/6. Former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has made a bold prediction about Babar with Pakistan looking to put some sort of fight when they take to the field on Day 3 of Adelaide Test.
“Babar Azam is a class act; He could go on tomorrow provided we get ‘Ricky Ponting’ Yasir Shah to stay with him for a little bit, and if Mohammad Abbas can hang around, Babar can get a hundred,” Arthur was quoted as saying by Pakpassion.
“You watch Babar and how he is transferring his weight or you look at the positions he is making, it’s positive, it’s decisive and it’s solid and they don’t look like breaching his defense either,” Arthur added.
However, Arthur was hopeful that Pakistan will come out fighting on Day 3 just to salvage some pride out of the disastrous tour of Australia. The former Pakistan coach said that if the Azhar Ali-led side fails to show any desire or hunger then they will end up losing tomorrow.
“Everybody loses in Test cricket – you win some and you lose some – but the key is how you lose. I just hope Pakistan tomorrow, come out fighting, I hope they come out tomorrow and show a passion, they show a desire and hunger to try salvage some pride out of this tour because if they don’t, I feel that this Test match could be finished tomorrow,” Arthur said.